Does ‘The American Way’ Exist

Lowering the bar of acceptable standards is something that has interested me since the very first time I saw a sign in the County Records Administration that stated: 10—unknown truths about American history, entitled “What does 1 Vote Mean?”  which was in the ‘Rock the Vote’ fashion, no doubt targeting the 18 to 24 age demographic.  One of these in particular struck my eye.

By one vote the sign exclaimed, English, rather than German became the official language of the United States of America. My interest was piqued by the notion that at the bottom of the sign was the source of the alleged information.

Florida was the state; furthermore, all questions were to be directed to the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Short version: After contacting the appropriate folks at the Florida DoS, I finally received a hard copy letter asking me to verify where I’d seen the sign, insofar as the material listed on the sign was incorrect and that they were in the process of recall.

Imagine my surprise when I read this headline:

“THIS IS AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING PLEASE ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.'” There were two bumper sticker sized signs that the proprietor, Mr. Joseph Vento, placed neatly upon entering his establishment, Geno’s Steaks.

I wonder if the signs read: “When ordering, please order in English” would have brought the same consequences. Our sue me, sue you happy country put her best foot forward and Mr. Vento was sued and defended his policy before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which filed the discrimination complaint. Care to enlighten me vis-a-vie ‘discrimination’?

Is this the ‘American Way’? In 1966, an individual with $6 to his name started a tiny business that has since—through hard work and a great product—developed into a multi-million enterprise is now being attacked because in order to accommodate his customers in a timely fashion he requests that people order in English.

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